Back Porch Ecology
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Back Porch Ecology

Can you espalier medlars?

Adventures in pruning a most unusual fruit.

Header image credit goes to Andrew Dunn, Medlar pomes and leaves, CC BY-SA 2.0

The medlar is a funny fruit. Intriguing, revolting, seductive, rotten — a fruit that you must allow to go a bit ‘off’ before you can take the first bite. This is a fruit straight out of the Middle Ages, being referenced commonly as an allegory and metaphor for both aging (due to the bletting process required before consumption) and more, um, graphic things (due to its unique…

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Jimmy Candou

Jimmy Candou

A writer living in the PNW who just wants to tend to his garden.